Let's have a discussion about mulch/pinestraw installations

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by exmarkking, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So I was looking back at some mulch jobs that we have done and I think that it's kind if a waste of time and not a big profit making service. Now I know that it's part of the industry and as long as I'm in the landscape business people are going to ask for these services. so lets take a bag of mulch or a bail of pinestraw for example. We can purchase a 2 cubic foot bag of mulch for 2.85 and a bail of pinestraw for 3.00. So a mulch job that requires 100 bags would cost 285.00 plus tax so around 300.00. Now in my area we can usually get around 6.00 a bag installed. That's a profit of 300.00 minus your labor/helper/amount of time you have in it. We could mow 300.00 worth of lawns way faster then installing 100 bags of mulch. So is this service even worth it? I'm sure you could get a better price on buying mulch bulk, but then you have to wheel barrow it and dump it and rake it. I think the bags are quicker but may cost more. What's your thought on this service and do you guys make any money on it considering the time and labor to get the material and install it?
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  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I do mulch installs mainly in the winter.

    One thing I would like to do at some point in time is buy a couple thousand bails of pinestraw so I could make a little profit on the straw.
     
  3. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was looking at the price in bulk for mulch. You can get a cubic yard for around 28.00. I think it takes 9 2 cubic foot bags to equal a yard. That would make your price per cubic yard with bags around 30.00. So it's not much difference in price in my neck of the woods.
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  4. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wish I could do them in the winter but people only call for mulch in spring and fall
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  5. Forever Green Landscaping

    Forever Green Landscaping LawnSite Member
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  6. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'd love to, maybe from here on out we will charge more and they can take it or leave it. Because at this price it isn't worth it to us
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  7. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    You didn't pay attention in math class.

    also, you're not charging enough.

    Also, you're working way too slow. 100 bags of mulch (2 cu) = 7.5 yards. That's a 2 hour job tops. Edging, weeding, spreading.
     
  8. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well I'm just an idiot I guess
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  9. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So explain to me where I'm wrong? How am I working to slow?
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  10. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I can't tell you why you're working too slow. Here's what we did yesterday at a nursing home....23 yards of mulch, EXTENSIVE weeding (must have been 30 trash bags full of debris), hedge trimming, light tree trimming, edging, pre-emergent, and spraying for weeds. 5 people (1 female and 1 53 year old)....7 hours.
     

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